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Landing Craft Utility (LCU)




This is a stern view of a Landing Craft Utility. The craft is 135 feet in length and has a beam of 29 feet.  This is the Conn. The Craftmaster (OIC) maintains a visual watch. Engine, rudder, and operational orders are relayed through the voice tube. 
This is the LCU Pilothouse where 2 watchstanders man the helm and throttle. Behind the helm is the Navigation station. The craft uses radar and GPS for all operations Next to the NAV station is the Communications gear. The craft is capable of secure voice comms with USN and USMC units. The next compartment aft of the Pilothouse is the Galley. Each LCU has a cook and food storage and preparation facilities.
The Pilothouse has a ladder down to the Berthing Compartment. The LCU has enough racks for a crew of 14 Sailors. Next to the Berthing Compartment is the Lounge, used for training, meetings, and entertainment. Aft of the Galley is the Head/Shower and Laundry. The craft has a washer/dryer for crew use. Aft of the Galley is the IC passageway, which contains the switchboard and access to the 2 engine rooms.
This is 1 of the 2 engine rooms. The LCU has 2 diesel engines, 2 diesel generators,  a firepump, and an anchor engine. This is 1 of the 2 Diesel V12 engines. It drives 1 of the 2 shafts and produces 500 HP. This is 1 of the 2 3-cylinder diesel generators. The craft generates its 450V, 60HZ, 40KW, 3 phase power with a max load of 65 amps. This is the reverse-osmosis distilling plant. The craft makes its own water at a rate of 800 gallons a day.

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